Five out of five stars
Rarely do I read a romance novel, or any novel for that matter, and find myself with a big smile on my face the entire time I’m reading it. What can I say? I have a soft spot in my heart for hunky guys who adore everything about their better half, even when she does silly things, gets herself into trouble, and irritates the hell out of him.
Jem and Sean have lived their lives together before, and are destined to do so again and again and again. Only this time around Jem finds herself already married to another man when Sean steps back into her life. Not only married, but tied down to an abusive controlling monster who is willing to beat her, or worse, to keep Jem under his thumb. Visions about werewolves and running free as a wolf invade her dreams at night, a prequel to the real thing about to crash down upon her and turn everything she has ever known (in this life) upside down.
I’ll not give much away about the story except to say I enjoyed my time reading about Jem and the journey she took, not only to learn about her past lives, but to
learn about who she really was inside, the strength she had been forced to lock
away because of her present living conditions with an abusive husband. Without great courage some women can never escape it. A few times I found myself
getting irritated with her apparent willingness to let men control her every move. In fact, several times I found myself actually talking to the book, telling her to take charge and do what she wanted. No one reacts like that unless you’re caught up in the story, and I was definitely caught up. 🙂 But I’m happy to say by the end she became the person I wanted her to be right from the start. She took a bad situation and turned it around, growing from the experience instead of allowing herself to be destroyed by it.
The only down side I found is probably only one of my own pet peeves when it comes to writing and not an issue that will bother anyone else. I found the over use of names in dialogue slightly irritating. I felt it made the text read repetitious and probably wasn’t necessary in a good many places. But if this is the worst I could come up with, then I think it has to say a lot for both the writer J.A. Belfield, and her story. Well worth the price I paid for my Kindle copy. It’s a story I’ll likely read again several years down the road and enjoy it as much, or more, than I did the first time around.